Since the Rise of the Angry Earth expansion launched for New World I will admit I've not spent nearly the amount of time in the new zone, Elysian Wilds, as I should have. Today reminded me of that as I was wrapping up my mount quests and I came across the realization I could "harvest" the stone statues scattered across the zone. When I learn; you get to learn with me!
The statues are of various animals our human characters. Walking up them you can interact and "mine" them with your pickaxe. The result is Petrified Fragments which are a crafting material in a few recipes. I will admit I am not exactly sure what these crafts are for, but at a minimum there is seasonal objectives tied to upgrading your spore jelly container which requires the fragments. As soon as I learn more; I'll share.